The Donald K. Theobald Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Theobald, Donald Ketchum, 1917-1994
Dates: 1936-1990
Extent: 5 boxes (5.4 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.

Chronology

1917 May 14 Born, Syracuse, New York
1940 Graduated, Bob Jones University
1940-1943 Student, Bachelor of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
1941-1944 Organizing pastor, Osceola Church, Clark, New Jersey
1943 February 12 Ordained, Presbytery of Elizabeth
1944-1946 Chaplain, United States Navy
1946-1952 Pastor, Presbyterian Church, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
1947-1948 Student, University of Pennsylvania
1952-1956 Chaplain, United States Navy
1956-unknown Pastor, Harrison, New York
1958-1964 Student, Master of Arts, New York University
1964-1972 Student, Doctor of Education, New York University
1994 February 5 Died

Biographical Information

Dr. Donald Ketcham Theobald was born in Syracuse, New York in 1917. He studied at Bob Jones College, Princeton Seminary, Syracuse University and the University of Pennsylvania, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and finally New York University where he received a Master's degree in education and a Doctorate in Education in 1972. Dr. Theobald was an active ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church, organizing Osceola Presbyterian Church and serving Huntington Valley Church and the Presbyterian Church of Harrison, New York. He also served as a chaplain in the US Navy - both active duty and in the reserves. Dr. Theobald retired to Director of the Sea Grove Conference Center in Cape May, New Jersey where he had been an active participant for many years. He was active in Christian education, inter-faith work, and the Presbyterian charismatic movement.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of class notes (1936-1972), correspondence, reports, bulletins, conferences, studies, ecumenical work and Christian education materials (1940-1990), sermon outlines and sermons. It covers Dr. Theobald's education and years of experience in the Church. It is divided into three series: education, ministry, and sermons. There is also a collection of his cassette tapes which have been added to the audio-tape collection (See Theobald Collection).

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Subjects

Theobald, Donald Ketchum, 1917---Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.

Presbyterian Church--Sermons.

Sermons, American.

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written by Douglas F. Denné in March of 1996, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in June of 2009.

Access

There are no special restrictions to the access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Donald K. Theobald Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

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Arrangement

Series I: Formal Education

Boxes 1-2: class notes (1936 - 1972)

Series II: Ministry

Boxes 2-4: correspondence, reports, bulletins, conferences, studies, ecumenical work and Christian education (1940 - 1990)

Series III: Sermons

Boxes 4-5: sermon outlines and sermons [bulk 1957 -1959]

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Contents

Box 1: Bob Jones College1936-1940
- Term Papers, Exams, and Class Notes 1936-1939
- Doctrines: Dr. Parker 1938
- History of England: Dr. Harrison 1939-1940
- Age of Reformation: Dr. Harrison 1939-1940
- Prophecy 1939-1940
- Greek 1939-1940
- Bible Conference with Bob Jones 1939
- Comparative Religion [includes Princeton Seminary notes] 1939-1942
Princeton Theological Seminary 1940-1943
- Homiletics [includes Bob Jones College notes] 1939-1941
- Bible, Book by Book: Dr. Mackenzie 1940-1941
- Radio - copy - WHUB 1941
- The American City 1941
- Ecumenics 1940-1941
- English Bible 1940-1941
- Church History: Dr. Loetscher 1941-1942
- Christology - Doctrine of Christ 1941-1942
- Old Testament History and Introduction 1941-1942
- Apologetics: Dr. Kuizenga (Spring 1941)
- Theology - Doctrine of God 1941-1942
- Gospel History 1941-1942
- Public Worship 1942
- Eschatology 1942
- Old Testament Biblical Theology: Dr. Gehman 1942
- Christian Education 1943
- Ancient Church 1943
- Doctrine of the Holy Spirit 1943
- Christian Education - Salvation 1943
- New Testament Biblical Theology: Dr. Piper 1943-1944
- Social Implications of Christian Ethics 1943
- Cure of Souls 1943
- History of the Doctrine of Atonement 1943
- Clow undated
- Years Preaching undated
- Readings in Devotional Classics undated
- Reformed Theology undated
University of Pennsylvania 1947-1948
- Letters and Papers, etc. 1948-1949
- Characteristics of Mental Tests 1948
- Clinical Psychology, Psy. 530-31 1948
- Class and Self of Personal for Industry, Ind. Psy. 554 1949
Box 2: Syracuse University(Summer 1949)
- Letters and Papers, etc 1948-1949
- History of Education, Ed. 210
- Educational Psych. 225
Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Summer 1950)
- Letters and Papers, etc 1949-1950
- Christian Education 602: Christian Education of Adolescents
- Church History 703: The Story of Religion America
- Old Testament 705: Archaeology and the Old Testament
- Theology 705: Contemporary American Theology
- CE 801: Great Ideas in Education
- CE 802: Administration and Supervision of Lay Workers - Dr. C.A. Heaton
- CE 805: Advanced Curriculum - Dr. A.B. Heaton
- CE 807: Special Problems
- Church History 807: Medieval Christian Institutions - Dr. R.G. Torbet
- Philosophy 816: Personalism and Christian Faith
New York University (M. Ed. 1959-62, D. Ed. 1963-70)
- Letters and Papers, etc. 1959-1963
- Form and Style in Thesis Writing
- Religious Education Fellowships 1960-1965
- Worship and Religious Education 1960-1961
- [Symbols of the Church] - Dr. Gordon 1962-1963
- NYU Ph.D. Correspondence
- NYU - GSO 1965-1966
- NYU - Religious Education Fellowships 1965-1966
Osceola Presbyterian Church, Clark, New Jersey 1940-1944
- Certificate of Licensure, history of Osceola, bulletins, correspondence, photos (2 file folders)
- Osceola correspondence and reports
Naval Chaplaincy 1944-1946
- Miscellaneous materials
The Presbyterian Church, Harrison, New York 1956-1984
- Correspondence, bulletins, articles on Theobald's retirement, and reports (various dates)
- Correspondence, notes, clippings, certificates of appreciation (various dates)
- Harrison Newsletter and student attendance 1981-1982
- Weddings/Funerals 1977-1990
- Weddings, CMP 1981-1986
Box 3
- Sea Grove Family Bible Conference 1960
- Sea Grove Family Bible Conference 1962
- Sea Grove Family Bible Conference 1962
- Harrison School of Faith
- Ecumenical Tour of Israel 1973
- Presbyterian Charismatic Communion Materials
-Correspondence, program information, photographs of event at Princeton Seminary  1979-1980
-Correspondence and program information, Princeton Seminary  1981
-Book  
-Correspondence  1980-1981
-Bills for 1981 PCC  1981
-Rooms and meals  
-PCC  May 1981
-PCC  1982
- Hudson River Presbytery
- Navy Personnel Study
- Hi-Y-Bi Camp
- Harrison Teacher's Institute (2 folders)
- Christian Education Materials (2 folders)
- 3 folders of other materials
Box 4
- Inter-faith Religious Education Center
-19 file folders, 4 booklets, 1 book  
Director, Sea Grove Family Conference Center, Cape May, New Jersey 1984-1990
- Harrison Church
- American Legion
- Synod of Northeast 1988
- Whitaker House Publishers
- New Leaf Publishers
- Carl Mazza
- LAM: A Ministry of the Latin America Mission
- Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship
- Barabas Ministries
- Flushing Church
- Osborn House
- Alumni/Class of 1943 Materials
- Miscellaneous Materials
Sermons
- Sermons Outlines
- Children's Sermons
- Sermons (8.5" x 11", various dates)
Box 5
- Sermons (1940-59, [bulk 1957-59])

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